The new Cold War

How the US-China relationship will shape the next decade. A reception will follow this event.

Members event, Panel Recording
19 March 2024 — 6:00PM TO 7:00PM
Chatham House and Online

Event video

Experts discuss how US–China competition influences ‘hot’ conflicts like the Israel–Hamas war.

The contest between America and China is global and unbridgeable, and it encompasses all major instruments of statecraft – economic, political and military. It has its tinder box: Taiwan. And both protagonists are working hard to draw allies to their side from across the world. We stand at its beginning. But this Cold War is nothing like the conflict between the Soviet Union and the West which defined the second half of the 20th century. We need new ideas to navigate its risks and avoid a globally devastating hot war.

Drawing on former Chatham House Director Robin Niblett’s new book, The New Cold War: How the Contest Between the US and China Will Define Our Century, this event examines the systemic nature of US–China competition and the ways it will affect the policy frameworks for the UK and other countries around the world.

Questions for consideration include:

  • How does US–China competition influence ‘hot’ conflicts like Israel–Hamas and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine?
  • How is the US–China relationship influenced by those conflicts?
  • Is a ‘hot’ war between the US and China inevitable?
  • What would it cost both sides to maintain the ‘status quo’?
  • How should the UK and other European countries play their cards?

As with all member events, questions from the audience drive the conversation.

A reception will follow this event.

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